Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Kayak Fishing - Jigging for Winter Mackerel

The great fighting Mackerel are generally considered by the rod and line angler to be a spring, summer, and autumn fish however; in Cornwall, they can be caught in the winter. The average size of the winter Mackerel tend to be bigger than in the summer and are great eating full of tasty omega 3 fatty acids.


  Below is video about targeting winter Mackerel by vertical jigging in deep water.

18 comments:

  1. Hi Rob

    Another fantastic report , so well edited a real pleasure to watch. I have fished the Fal for years and started Kayak fishing a couple of years ago and love it. Could I ask you some questions about keeping warm in winter ? best dry suits , what type of glove / boots do you use ? If so please email me a hello at enquiries@twcomputing.co.uk , Many thanks Toby (Porthtowan Cornwall)

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    1. Hi Toby. Leave this with me and I will come back to you with the info you need shortly. Rob.

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  2. Hi the vids are great being watching them over and over and now im sold on getting a kayak , could you please tell the weight of the jig holding the rig down please , many thanks mat

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    1. The weight of the jig used in this video is 50g and I have other jigs, which weigh 60g to 100g. It depends on the location you are fishing and the strength of the tide. At the locations I fish in Cornwall I rarely need more than the 60g to be able to get down to the fish with a fairly vertical jig. When using jigs whilst drift fishing, I use a drift chute to slow down the drift. This helps to be able to use lighter jigs. In addition, I use 20lb braided line, which has a much thinner diameter than nylon therefore, there is less drag on the line meaning lighter jigs can be used. Hope this makes sense if not come back to me. Rob.

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  3. Another brilliant video, I have just brought my first fishing kayak, and planning my first trip next weekend, I live close to the Fal could you tell me the best place to launch from? I'm thinking my first trip would be easier on the river rather than the sea
    Regards
    Andy

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    1. Hi Andy. Which side of the river do you live Mylor or the Roseland. Rob.

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    2. Hi Andy. Further to my recent reply I see from your G+ that you live on the Roseland side of the river therefore, the best launch sites for you would be the St Just in Roseland boatyard (you have to pat £2 per launch) or St Mawes. The river would be a good place to start for you to get used to it. Congratulations on the new kayak and good luck with the fishing. Rob.

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  5. Thanks Rob, yes I live on the Roseland... Tregony thanks for that I will have a look this weekend
    Andy

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  6. Can I ask what software you use to edit your videos?

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    1. The software is just Windows Movie Maker on Windows 8.1. I expect there is more professional software out there but for the moment, Movie Maker does all I need it to. Hope this helps. Rob.

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  7. Hi Rob,
    Great video's love watching them, do you ever fish the north coast? Keep posting.
    Thanks Rod

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    1. Hi Rod. Many thanks for the comment and pleased you enjoy the videos. Years ago when I lived in Probus, I used to shore fish marks on the North coast such as Perran, Constantine, and Fistral for Bass and occasionally on Newquay Headland but these days I tend to stay fairly local to where I live close to the south coast and that provides plenty of variety at different times of the year and I do not feel the need to travel. Rob.

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    2. Thanks Rob,
      Look forward to your next video.

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  8. Hi Rob, first of all i've enjoyed reading and watching all of your posts, you've given me many tips and I've taken many of them onboard, in fact most of them, being new to kayak fishing you have helped me so much.2
    Could you give me a list of the easiest launch points that you use and know of, I have a Ocean Kayak Trident 15 and I launch solo most of the time and as you well know the kayak can be awkward to launch and retrieve, therefore the launch points are vital regarding easy access in all states of tide.
    Keep up the great posts.
    Kind Regards.

    John.

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    1. Hi John. Thank you for your comment and pleased you have found the info useful. Where are you based? Rob.

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  9. I am based near plymouth but willing to travel to most locations along the south coast of Cornwall and Devon.

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    1. Launch sites I know are Portmellon Beach near Mevagissey (parking in summer can be difficult), Gorran Haven Beach (parking in summer is well away from beach). Caerhays Beach, Portholland Beach, Carne/Pendower Beach. The problem with the beaches, particularly the South facing beaches, is they are all subject to surf and quickly changing seas depending on the strength and direction of the wind and I never make a final decision to launch until the early morning forecast on the morning of the trip. Local knowledge is vital from a safety point of view. Other sites are Loe Beach Feok near Truro, St Mawes, and St Just in Roseland, which give access to the Carrick Roads. However, I have to stress that all of these sites are subject to the weather and as said, I do not make a final decision to launch until the morning of the trip. To be honest, I would not make the journey from Plymouth unless it is a very settled period with very light winds as you may have a wasted trip due to the conditions. Rob.

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